By Duane Gordon
The Disney Channel has revealed that Dolly Parton's fourth season guest spot on goddaughter Miley Cyrus's “Hannah Montana” program will be the episode "Kiss It All Goodbye" that premieres on Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern.
According to a preview clip released last week, Miley is distraught when paparazzi shoot her through the window of her home "eating" a dirty t-shirt while she's playing around with a friend. Subsequently besieged outside her home by reporters who catch her without her blonde wig, Miley unexpectedly finds assistance from Aunt Dolly, who arrives piloting a pink helicopter with her name emblazoned on its side, dropping a fuzzy pink rope for her to climb up to escape.
With it revealed that Hannah Montana is really Miley, she faces the media with a Larry King-like interviewer. The disapproval from fans leads her to not want to perform again, until Aunt Dolly apparently convinces her to join her in concert. This will mark Dolly’s third appearance on the popular tween program, which concludes its Disney Channel run this season.
It had been previously reported by music blog The 9513 a few weeks back that Dolly and several other artists had joined her former backing band, The Grascals, for a bluegrass rendition of "Folsom Prison Blues" for their upcoming CD. Turns out that's not exactly the case.
Cracker Barrel announced last week that the album, “The Grascals & Friends: Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin,” will be released exclusively in their stores nationwide on Jan. 10 featuring three tracks with Dolly. She joins the guys for a new recording of the Porter & Dolly classic "The Pain of Loving You" and a new song written by Grascal Jamie Johnson and his wife Susanne Mumpower-Johnson along with Jenee Fleenor about the children at St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis following a visit the band made to the facility. That song, "I Am Strong," is also reprised on the CD in a second version as a bonus track featuring Dolly with additional vocals from guests The Oak Ridge Boys, Darryl Worley, Charlie Daniels, Terri Clark, Randy Owen, Steven Seagal, Tom T. Hall, Joe Nichols and Ansley McLaurin.
Other tracks include "Tiger By The Tail" with Brad Paisley, "Folsom Prison Blues" with Dierks Bentley, "The Year That Clayton Delaney Died" with Hall, "White Lightening" with Worley, "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" with Daniels, "Leavin' Louisiana In Broad Daylight" with The Oak Ridge Boys and "Mr. Bojangles" with Nichols in addition to "Louisiana Saturday Night," "Born To Boogie"/"All My Rowdy Friends Are Comin' Over Tonight" and an instrumental called "Cracker Barrel Swing." A portion of each CD's sale proceeds will benefit St. Jude's.
This Week With Dolly
By Duane Gordon